In my spare time yesterday morning, I got my “Race Results” tab completed on my blog.  Now all of my races are organized by distance and in chronological order.  We runners are very nerdy like that and love to have everything laid out and easy to look at.  If you even have a smidgen of interest, check it out here or click “Race Results” in the menu above.


I’m still kind of in holiday/lazy mode and didn’t go for a run on Wednesday or Thursday.  Don’t worry, I more than made up for it by eating crap.  Yesterday I decided to get myself out the door and run, but I couldn’t go until after 3 PM because my new gym floor was finally getting installed after three reschedules.  Can I just say that it’s as gorgeous as a black rubber floor can be?  I’ll post before and after pictures of the entire remodel sometime in the next week or two.  If you can’t wait that long, come workout with me!  In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview…


Back to my 12-mile run…  I can’t run with the Cruisers today because I have much cooler plans, but I’ll tell you about those in a minute.  Yesterday afternoon I took off on the W&OD Trial for a run.  I thought I’d go 10 or 12 miles so when I felt great at five, I continued to six miles before I turned around.  I rarely run on the trail alone, but even though it was a Friday afternoon, the trail was very crowded so I felt plenty safe.  I had gotten only a couple of miles from my house when I got really thirsty.  I stopped in the local BBQ place to see if they had a water fountain, but they only had plastics cups to fill for a quarter and I didn’t have any money with me.  Imagine how happy I was to see that the water hadn’t been turned off for the winter at the trail water fountain!  I gulped from that bad boy like it was August!


And the reason I can’t run with the Cruisers today…  Julie and her mom invited me to go wedding dress shopping with them, and I’m pretty excited!  Back when it was time to buy suits for my sons for their first communion in second grade, I longingly looked at the little girls’ first communion dresses.  Just like back then, I’m pretty sure this is going to be a lot more exciting than helping Joseph pick out his tuxedo.  Not that tux shopping won’t be fun…

I’m going to be the perfect future MIL and try not to be too opinionated, but I am hoping Julie picks out something like this…

Or if she prefers a short dress, something like this…

Tonight is one of my favorite Christmas traditions that our family has been doing since the boys were in elementary school.  One night between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we go to Reston Town Center for “Book Night.”  Basically it’s part-two of the boys’ Christmas gifts, because they get to pick out books to buy.  It’s become their favorite tradition.  After shopping we go out to dinner at one of the many great restaurants at RTC.  This year’s Christmas card picture came from last year’s night out!


  • Questions:
  • Do you carry water with you on all of your runs?
  • Which wedding dress do you like best?
  • What’s your favorite holiday tradition that’s something different that just your family does?